I believe people shape people, and stories influence behaviour and inspire hope when it comes to recovery.
I believe in genuine mental health recovery and believe that information from those who have actually recovered is vital for people looking for answers and wanting a greater sense of hope and direction in their lives and their own recoveries.
I have spent the last nine years of my life devoted to mental health recovery, personally and professionally.
As a former mental health consumer I recovered from major clinical depression, a severe anxiety disorder and chronic pain condition through psychological and psychiatric interventions, family and friendship support networks and a mutual supports group for mental health recovery.
Professionally since 2006 I have worked in homeless shelters, disability employment services and psychiatric hospitals working closely with GPs, psychiatrists, case management teams, hospital staff, service workers and most importantly the clients who often have complex needs: often mental health coupled with addictions.
I have been involved with and witnessed hundreds of positive and lasting recoveries from mental health, and believe that with the right support and information people can beat any condition, that is not allow that condition to dictate and control their life.
I started the How I Beat sites in 2005 after I published How I Beat RSI, a personal site documenting his recovery over a painful muscle overuse condition. I continue to receive weekly e-mails from people around the world and respond to the information with interest, curiosity and comfort.
Based on the wide and very encouraging feedback and comments on How I Beat RSI, I decided to expand the concept to encompass a wide spectrum of mental health and addictive disorders. I am convinced that when people search the web for solutions to their problem they often want to read about how others actually overcame a similar problem.